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Benito, Age 11 Benito is a loving youth who smiles often. He can be very affectionate to his caregivers and loves to have physical contact or connections with others. He has a lot of energy and loves to go to the park. Benito also enjoys watching the movie Cars and loves playing with his Car toys. He is non-verbal and communicates through the use of signs. He receives speech therapy and is improving and learning new ways to communicate to others. At times, Benito’s mood will change suddenly. He also will throw temper tantrums if things don’t go the way he planned. Benito prefers to be and does best around few people. To read more about Benito, visit his profile. — Are you interested in making an impact on children such as Benito? We are always looking for dedicated and compassionate people to help us fulfill our Mission.  When you work

Have a Little Taste of Home This Saturday, July 30th!

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This Saturday, July 30th, 2016 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM is our fourth annual summer event, and A Family for Every Child is teaming up with your local Meriwether Winery and Texas Roadhouse! Click here to RSVP We will be located at: 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta OR 97487    — Join us for a wonderful evening to celebrate summer and you! We would like to thank you for helping A Family For Every Child to carry out our mission: finding permanent families for every waiting foster child. Tickets to this event are just $15.00 each! And, if you bring a friend new to the AFFEC family, their admission is free. Don’t forget to pre-register, space is limited and filling up fast! The evening will include: A delicious barbeque provided by Texas Roadhouse Wine & Beer Music Provided by Bailee Jordyn Various Raffle Items including a beautiful handmade quilt and a 50/50

Volunteer Opportunities: Summer 2016

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  Volunteer this summer to help your local  A Family for Every Child and foster kids in the area! Here’s how you can help: 1.) “Hero for the Day” On June 18th, A Family for Every Child will host its 3rd annual “Hero for a Day” event! Children from the ages of 2 to 18 get the opportunity to be superheroes for the day at this educational and fun event. AFFEC needs your help to raise awareness about the foster care system in Oregon! For more information on how to become a sponsor or donate visit Hero for A Day. 2.) Host a Heart Gallery  Calling all business owners! If you want to give back this summer, sign up to host an AFFEC Heart Gallery at your business. To become a Heart Gallery Venue, AFFEC will provide various photos of foster children in the area. Heart Galleries help promote the

How to Help the Community:February 2016

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Opportunities to give back and help your local A Family for Every Child are available year round. This month there are many chances to help right here in Eugene. 1.) BJ’s Restuarant & Brewhouse  On February 18th, the Eugene BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse will host an evening of “laughter and yumminess”. 15 percent of the proceeds will go to help A Family for Every Child. All you have to do is kick back, grab a bite, and possibly a local brew to wash it down! For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/afamilyforeverychild/ 2.) Mazzi’s Italian Restaurant  Order yourself a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs while helping A Family for Every Child!  On February 22nd, this local Italian eatery will donate 30 percent of their proceeds to AFFEC. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/afamilyforeverychild/ 3.) Photoshoot in the Snow  Travel to a winter wonderland with the help of Bruce Berg photography and AFFEC! Space is

Shopping for a Cause

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This year get your holiday shopping done and help foster children find their forever families! Here’s how: 1.) Amazon Smile It’s the same as using a regular Amazon account, but Amazon Smile will donate a percentage of the purchase to A Family for Every Child. Just type smile.amazon.com into the browser, log into your Amazon account, search “A Family for Every Child” and select them as your charity.  For more information on Amazon Smile and AFFEC visit: https://map.afamilyforeverychild.org/Announce/2015HolidayShopping.php 2.) Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program If you have a Fred Meyer rewards card and prefer to do holiday shopping online, this donation opportunity is ideal! Visit https://www.fredmeyer.com/topic/community-rewards-4, click “Link your Rewards Card Now”, sign into your account, navigate to the “Find Your Organization” page and search “A Family for Every Child”, lastly navigate to the “Select Your Organization” page, choose A Family for Every Child then click enroll.  3.) GoodShop Navigate this online

How To Give This Holiday Season

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  The holidays are a special time to share with loved ones, but amongst holiday traditions and family memories, there is also the wonderful spirit of giving during the holiday season.   At A Family for Every Child the volunteer opportunities, as well as chances to donate to a cause that helps foster children find their forever homes are readily available. AFFEC believes that each donation “will help find these foster children their forever home. A permanent place to lay their head at night. A home for the holidays. A family to watch and support them at school events. Every child deserves a forever family.” How to Get Involved: 1.) Host a Heart Gallery AFFEC offers the opportunity to display photos of foster children at businesses. This is a wonderful way to create awareness in the community and helps further the process of finding forever families for foster children. For

After School Extracurriculars in the Community

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  Obviously the most important after school activity is homework, but after the traditional snack followed by homework, what is a kid to do? Check out this list of extracurricular activities for kids to get involved in this fall: 1.) Eugene Parks & Recreation This September-December Eugene Parks & Rec has an abundance of activities for kids 5-12 as well as teens. Read up on everything from karate, lego architecture classes, fencing, fashion design, hip hop dance, and more! Dates and rates vary for each activity. Visit  https://www.eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?NID=132 for access to the Fall 2015 Recreation Guide. 2.) Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley  Eugene’s own Boys & Girls Club offers mentoring programs, various athletics, and even the arts, which includes an opportunity for youth to enter their work in a national photography contest. Visit  http://www.bgcev.net/what-we-offer/ to find out more about what the emerald valley Boys & Girls Club has to offer. 3.) Eugene

Volunteerism: How to Help A Family for Every Child

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  If you are seeking a way to help the community, take a look at the multitude of volunteer opportunities available with A Family For Every Child. Whether you are pursuing a volunteer position in Eugene with the Northwest Heart Gallery or elsewhere in the country, check out the A Family For Every Child homepage and search for an AFFEC non-profit organization near you: https://map.afamilyforeverychild.org/ Volunteer Positions Available to Pursue: 1.) Social Media Specialist If you are a whiz with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and more, look into to providing a helping hand to AFFEC with their social media needs. Duties include utilizing social media to help the organization grow, as well as researching  implementing social media tools for organizational outreach. 2.) Newsletter Volunteer  Combine data entry with excellent communication skills to produce weekly newsletters. Duties include researching new trainings, webinars, and updates on children from the AFFEC database to compile

How to Help Foster Children in Your Community

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Often the holiday season is associated with volunteer work and the generosity of individuals to help their communities. However, the need for volunteers, donations, and more exists 365 days of the year, and with so many options to choose from, giving back, particularly to foster children, is easier than ever. This back to school season check out the number of donation drives that are available nationwide, as well as locally in the Eugene area. 1.) Bring any donations that include school supplies, athletic shoes and apparel for physical education classes, and other clothing for the back to school season to any Sleep Country in the Northwest. More than 20,000 children in Oregon and Washington find themselves in the foster care system and many enter with few possessions. Visit http://www.sleepcountry.com/sleep-country-foster-kids.html for more information. 2.) With treehouseforkids.org, the opportunity to create and host your own back to school donation drive is readily available. As

Somebody Stood up for Me: We Can Reverse the Effects of Childhood Trauma

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By Esta Soler Founder and CEO, Futures Without Violence. Huffington Post April 2014 Speaking of his seemingly improbable success in 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama said, “I will never forget that the only reason that I’m standing here today is because somebody, somewhere stood up for me when it was risky.” Recognizing those who helped him succeed, Mr. Obama touched on a simple yet critical truth: When faced with obstacles and adversity, we need the dedication and care of others to help us succeed. In April 2014, a committed group of elected officials, public health researchers and children’s advocates gathered in Los Angeles to stand up for the children in California who live with a much more stark set of realities — children who have suffered trauma and who don’t have the dedication and care that they need to thrive. Led by Assembly member Roger Dickinson and Dr. Robert K. Ross